There has been plenty of speculation on who might succeed Daniel Craig as 007 in the vaunted James Bond film series. But could that next actor be right under our noses?
Maybe so, but if Tom Hardy has any shot at ever earning a fictional license to kill, he knows that the first rule about Bond Club is not to talk about wanting to be in Bond Club.
At least that was as much as he would share with The Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it, you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one. If I mention it, it’s gone.”
One reason Hardy’s name has come up is primarily because many believe his The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan is in line to take over the film series from Sam Mendes. The idea of partnering Nolan with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is something Hardy said he’s very excited about.
“But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel is so good, and what Mendes and Barbara have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard re-imagination to follow after.
“I wonder what the next installment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world, who could bring something new and create something profound – again.”
Hardy has been chatting with the media recently to promote the new series he developed with his father Chips Hardy for FX, Taboo. While the premiere, at least, seems to delve deeply into the father-son relationship that now seems to haunt Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney, the series itself isn’t intended to be a reflection of his relationship with Chips Hardy.
“Working with my father is always something that I wanted to do. A period drama is a really brilliant medium of putting all those guys together – Steve Knight and Chips together – and work on a character that me and my father had discussed before.
“It was the most perfect vehicle as our first project.”
Although the elder Hardy did some writing in the 1980s and 1990s, Taboo is his first major screen project, as well as the first time he had a chance to work with his actor son in the professional sense.
Tom Hardy earned accolades in the last couple years, not just for Mad Max: Fury Road, but also for The Revenant, which also earned him an Oscar nomination.
While it’s not clear if he’ll get a chance to work with Nolan on a James Bond film, the two have found time to do projects together since Hardy’s days as Bane – and nemesis to Bruce Wayne. Hardy stars in Dunkirk, an historical story dating back to World War II, that was written and directed by Nolan.
That film hits theaters in July.
For now, fans can catch Hardy in Taboo, which airs Tuesdays on FX.
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